Revenge of the humans: from 2002

Zombie films created in the 2000s feature zombies that are more agile, vicious, intelligent, and stronger than the traditional zombie. These new fast running zombies have origins in video games, from Resident Evil‘s running zombie dogs and particularly the House of the Dead game’s running human zombies. In 2004, director Zack Snyder helmed a successful … Read more

The Funny Zombie: 1990-2002

Zombie films in the 1990s were not as commercially successful as Dawn of the Dead in the late 1970s. Though there were a few greats moments, such as Braindead (1992) and Dellamorte Dellamore (Cemetery Man 1994), the nineties produced a lot of garbage such as Dead Men Don’t Die (1990), Zombie Rampage 2 (1992), Zombie … Read more

Zombie Boredom: 1980-1990

The early 1980s was notable for the introduction of zombies into Chinese and other Asian films, often martial arts/horror crossover films, that featured zombies as thralls animated by magic for purposes of battle. Though the idea never had large enough appeal to become a sub-genre, zombies are still used as martial-arts villains in some films … Read more

The Gore Zombie: 1968-1980

In 1968 director George Romero released the independent black-and-white zombie film Night of the Living Dead. The story, which was cited as groundbreaking, was the first modern zombie film. Although not the first zombie film, Night of the Living Dead was the predecessor of many films with the same plot. Pre-1968 zombies were something entirely … Read more

Zombie Science: 1943-1968

The 1940s brought some new things to zombie films. Unlike other undead, zombies required a human agent to bring them back, an agent who, of course, was evil. During WWII, the ultimate evil was the Adolph Hitler, hence the production of a few nazi zombies movies for propaganda. Borrowing voodoo for their own heinous ends, … Read more

The Voodoo Era: 1932-1943

In 1932, Victor Halperin directed White Zombie, a horror film starring Bela Lugosi that relies on atmosphere and expressionistic sets and is often regarded as the first legitimate zombie film ever made. Bella was never better than he was as Murder Legendre, a cruel landlord who can turn people into zombies with the power of … Read more

Scenari of zombie movies

The stories usually follow a single group of survivors, caught up in the sudden rush of the crisis. The narrative generally progresses from the onset of the zombie plague, then initial attempts to seek the aid of authorities, the failure of those authorities, through to the sudden catastrophic collapse of all large-scale organization and the … Read more

The evolution of zombies in movies

Although zombies appeared in movies as early as 1919, many people credit George A. Romero with setting the standard for modern zombies. In the classic movie Night of the Living Dead, Romero portrayed zombies as slow-moving, flesh-eating corpses, reanimated by radiation from a satellite returning from Venus. The radiation affected the recent, unburied dead, and … Read more